Ali Bin Zahid, a dynamic young engineer and entrepreneur, is the Alberta Liberal candidate in the upcoming by-election in Calgary-Foothills — and unlike the previous MLA for Calgary-Foothills, he plans to stay on the job if elected.
Ali was selected as the candidate at a nominating meeting on Friday, held at Symons Valley United Church and attended by Liberal leader David Swann.
Ali is a resident of Edgemont. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Ali is also a certified Project Management Professional and entrepreneur, currently heading up a software start up company, Paperistic. He was the Alberta Liberal candidate for Calgary Foothills in this spring’s General Election.
The by-election, which has not yet been called, was necessitated by the resignation of PC Premier Jim Prentice, who quit on election night despite winning the support of voters in the constituency.
“Jim Prentice broke a bond with voters by resigning on election night,” says Swann. “I believe the voters will remember that in this by-election.”
Swann says the by-election will provide the voters of Calgary-Foothills a chance to add a strong opposition voice to the Legislature.
“Calgary Foothills needs a moderate balanced voice to ensure the new government represents its best interests. Alberta doesn’t need another silent NDP MLA,” says Swann, “or another Wildrose MLA lacking vision for Alberta’s future. Alberta Liberals provide a stable voice for the sensible centre. Ali would provide a fresh, intelligent perspective for Calgary-Foothills, and all Albertans.”